Most emo bands think they're simulating Rites of Spring. They wish. Rites songs are too musically detailed, too explosively sublime and frankly too butt-rocky for most modern emo acts. No, those bands, whether they know it or not, are aping Jawbox. Meaty power chords, propulsive, sometimes elliptical drumming, lyrics so oblique they could be language poetry (and therefore could mean just about anything), gas station jackets, second guitarist Bill Barbot's completely excellent demi-pompadour — Jawbox embodied it all. It doesn't hurt that founder J. Robbins has become a go-to producer for almost anyone even remotely related to '90s emo. (Just take a look at the production credits for about half of the albums on Jade Tree.) This sharp little single was the last thing they did for Dischord before jumping to Atlantic for (ironically) their best album, For Your Own Special Sweetheart.
By Jon Wiederhorn on 04.22.11 in Reviews
It's easy to see how post-punk luminaries Jawbox became a major influence on today's emo sound. The band's third album, 1994's For Your Own Special Sweetheart is a masterful blend of tense guitars, crashi...
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
Members of the '90s trio talk about their short but impactful run.
By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...